Museum Volkenkunde, Leiden

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  • If you like to learn about different cultures (from South America to Asia) , this museum is a place to be. Each floor has huge rooms with information about a specific culture or area: cloths, instrume...  more »
  • We came for the temporary exhibition "Jewelry-makers & carriers", but still have so much more. The exhibition "Jewelry-makers & carriers" is very impressive. Old and new jewelry, different methods how they are generated over time. We recommend you to buy the book, only 1 euro, but then you explain each piece of jewelry that is shown. Unfortunately, there were also a couple of very noisy during our visit ladies around who knew better, than there are in the booklet. Highly irritating. But yeah those bad luck you can have. You have also access to the other automatically (fixed) exhibitions. And actually, that's a private visit. Costs a lot of time to do everything. I myself was very impressed with the exhibition on Oceania. In particular the film shown on the Maori and the both boats that are purchased, is very impressive. Take time for this film and leave it on your. Is a very special story and event. Very highly recommended. Parking is available in the car park opposite.
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  • We went specifically for this temporary exhibition to this museum and, of course, have direct (a small part of) the permanent collection. The jewelry exhibition was great, especially with the extensive catalog in which material, origin and further information. Particularly to see how different peoples throughout time of different materials to create jewelry. But also modern jewelry were bid. Of the permanent collection, we have the departments visited Indonesia and China short. Also nothing wrong with that, particularly interesting to see. The other sections are for the next visit, because one thing is for sure: this was our first visit but certainly not the last!
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  • Leiden is famous for this museum and contribution to the field. Nice overview over different continents. However, not all exhibited pieces are of great quality. Still a lot of unique and renown exhibits. Some temporary exhibitions are too modern for my taste. Current Dutch hatmakers that use animal heads to decorate shouldn’t be portrayed.
  • Beautiful museum, a very interesting Asian collection. We visited whilst there was a Japanese exhibition, which was really nice to see. There was music which was really too noisy. Furthermore, lovely play area and cafe, (glutenfree food) and large shop where you can buy interesting books and nice (useful) gifts. I can recommend a visit.
  • In short, I love the museum. Great collection. And the exhibition of Nineveh is amazing!
  • I really loved it, there is really much to learn, and to have fun with your friends. I've been there with them, and it's worth it
  • Lovely Ethnology museum that reminds me of Musee du quai Branly near the Eiffel tower in Paris. This museum covers 8 regions: Indonesia, Asia, and Africa on the ground floor; and Middle & South America, North America and North Pole area, Japan and Korea, China, and Oceania on the first floor. Very modern, pleasant, and interactive museum. User friendly, the doors open automatically and also the lights around the exhibitions work on motion sensors. I recommend this museum to anyone in the area interested in a good 2+ hour visit while learning about a variety of cultures.
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